With the theme “Stitched Together for Success,” 38 Letcher County Extension Homemakers and guests enjoyed their county annual meeting on May 21 at the Extension Office. The event included Homemaker club reports, cultural arts exhibits, college scholarship presentation and a delicious potluck lunch.
The highlight of the meeting was a lovely musical program presented by Debbie Tuggle Pendley. Debbie is a native of Seco, whose songs celebrate traditions, home, natural and historic places and many subjects that reflect the spirit and beauty of Kentucky. One of her songs is “Bad Branch Falls”. She is particularly well known for her catalog of authentic river music, which includes songs celebrating the Kentucky, Cumberland and Big Sandy rivers, whose headwaters are in Letcher County, as well as the Ohio, Licking and Green rivers. Debbie showed two of her family’s heirloom quilts and unique walking sticks she makes as part of her residency at the Appalachian Artisan Center Wood Studio in Hindman.
Corissa Riffe, a recently graduated Letcher County Central High School student, was the scholarship recipient. She plans to attend the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, and become a special education teacher in Letcher County. Cori is an outstanding student and a fine young citizen, who has a special love in her heart for children. Good luck, Cori!
Blue Ribbon winners in the Cultural Arts Exhibit were: Baskets, Plain, Frances Whitaker; Dyed, Ina Sue Whitaker; and Novelty, Sandy Wright. Crochet, Thread, Pat Yinger; Yarn, Lavada Cornett. Embroidery, Pat Yinger. Holiday Decorations, Winter, Pat Yinger. Jewelry, Original Design, Dorothy Miles. Painting, Acrylic, Dorothy Miles. Photography, color, Joanne Adams. Quilts, machine pieced ( hand quilted), Anna Yonts; Recycled Art, Household, Joanne Adams. Miscellaneous, Euna Mae Whitaker (quilt top).
Letcher County Homemakers received three awards at the recent State Extension Homemaker Meeting for their contribution to the Ovarian Cancer Screening Program at Markey Cancer Center at U.K. Approximately 175 local women now participate in the free annual screening, with transportation provided by the County Extension Office and Ann Bradley, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent. Call her at 633-2362 to find out more about the screening program.
The 119 Homemaker members and approximately 75 screening participants raised $3,823 through several events during the past year. They like to give back to this wonderful program, which helps women take charge of one aspect of their health. The awards were for contributing over $1,000 to Ovarian Cancer Research; second place with largest donation per member; and third place overall largest county donations.
Letcher County Homemakers are always busy doing great things in their communities. Some projects listed in their club reports at the County Meeting were: monetary donations to the Food Pantry, Scholarship Fund and Ovarian Cancer Fund, taking charge of the annual soup bean dinner on Whitesburg Day of Mountain Heritage Festival, delivering complete meals to ill and elderly neighbors, made 22 baby blankets for newborns at the hospital, made numerous Care Bears for young children at the hospital, donated to Letcher County Central Band’s trip to Washington, D.C. for the inaugural parade, decorated the Extension Office Christmas tree (thanks for the 10th year to the Craft Cut-Ups Club), donations to the Back Pack Program for student’s weekend meals, made quilts and donated blankets and household items to tornado victims and needy, special visits to the nursing home, and the list goes on and on.
A special thanks to all the ladies from Ann Bradley for all the support you have shown to her and for all the wonderful things you do in your communities and for Letcher County.